Today’s prompt: What IS Hope?: We left this one for late in the month so everyone would have been thinking about hope. This one may be one of the more challenging prompts for you, or it may be one of the easiest. Please define hope. Tell us what it is to you, and what it isn’t.
What hope is?
According to the dictionary on my computer hope is:
1 a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen
• a person or thing that may help or save someone
• grounds for believing that something good may happen
2 archaic a feeling of trust
I believe that hope is all of the above. It’s the desire for or expectation of something good, something longed for. It’s a quality that adds resilience to a person that faces adversity in whatever form. It gives one the ability to dream, plan and then achieve goals that, without hope would, seem impossible, unattainable.
Hope is also the basis for optimism. In life we experience good and bad things. When things are bad, a hopeful person reflects on past joys, happinesses and knows that if they don’t give up and if they focus on the good in their life, rather than the negative, they can still find joy even if circumstances don’t change right away, and in some cases, at all. One of my favorite quotes is: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.”
And finally a person that we trust can become our hope. In the case of migraineurs, that person may be a doctor that outlines a treatment plan that we believe in and then reassures us that there’s a plan b, c, d…to follow. We hope and trust that, that individual will not give up on us, but will stick with us until the desired result is achieved.
What hope is not?
Hope is not pessimistic. Again the dictionary on my computer, sorry I don’t know which it is, defines pessimism as: “a tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen; a lack of hope or confidence in the future”.
What would you say hope is and is not?
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